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33 Drew Smyly SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/190 | Birthdate: 6/13/1989 | Birthplace: Little Rock, AR | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 81/26 | Average Draft Position: 181.70
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Alex Colome, Drew Smyly to face live hitters


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:05 am ET) Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that pitchers Alex Colome (illness) will throw a live batting practice on Friday, while Drew Smyly (shoulder) will face live hitters Wednesday and Saturday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Rays' Cobb, Smyly, Colome progressing towards return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday he's pleased with the progress of injured starting pitchers Alex Cobb (forearm), Drew Smyly (shoulder) and Alex Colome (illness), MLB.com reports.

"Especially [with] Colome," Cash said. "His wasn't an arm issue. Just putting weight back on. He just had a two-week delay there. But from all reports, when you ask them how's it going, there hasn't been anything given why we wouldn't be optimistic."

Smyly threw a bullpen session Sunday and is scheduled to face hitters in a batting-practice session Wednesday. After following that with another batting-practice session, he could progress to minor-league games and would need to get stretched out and ready for the regular season.

"Depending on need," Cash said. "If he got up to 75 pitches, does that help us? Or do we want to build him up to 105? We'd have to talk to him about that."

Cash added that there's a chance Smyly could rejoin the rotation by the end of April.

Colome threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday and is set to throw 50 pitches Tuesday. Cobb played catch Monday for the second time and said all went well.


Rays SP Drew Smyly set for two rounds of live batting practice


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly emerged from his bullpen session Sunday without any issues, so he is now scheduled to throw batting practice Wednesday and Saturday before he starts throwing in rehab games, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Manager Kevin Cash said Smyly's return to the rotation depends on whether the teams want to stretch him out to 75 or 105 pitches, per The Tampa Tribune. Smyly is targeting an April return.


Rays pitcher Drew Smyly targeting April for a return to the mound


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Rays pitcher Drew Smyly threw a fourth bullpen session Sunday to rehab from shoulder tendinitis and his hoping to be back in action in April, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

"I'm very hopeful that I'll be pitching in April, for sure," he said. "Something would have to go wrong, there'd be a step backward for me not to pitch in April I feel like."

Smyly is hoping to throw batting practice at some point this week.


Rays pitcher Drew Smyly scheduled to throw bullpen Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Rays pitcher Drew Smyly is expected to throw a bullpen session Sunday and could throw live batting practice during his next throwing session, according to manager Kevin Cash per the Tampa Bay Times.

Smyly, who is recovering shoulder tendinitis, has thrown two bullpen sessions since picking up the injury. There is still hope Smyly will be able to pitch in a game before the end of spring training.


Rays' Cash: Drew Smyly 'all good' after bullpen session on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly completed a bullpen session without any issues on Thursday, according to MLB.com.

"Smyly was all good," manager Kevin Cash told reporters.

Smyly is working his way back from shoulder tendinitis. At this point, it remains unlikely that he'll pitch in a game this spring.


Rays' Cash unsure if Drew Smyly will pitch in a spring game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly (shoulder) is scheduled to throw his third bullpen session Thursday, per MLB.com. However, manager Kevin Cash said Thursday he doesn't believe Smyly will be able to pitch in a game before spring training ends.

"Unless something changes, I think it would be a long shot for him to pitch in a spring training game," Cash said.


Drew Smyly throws bullpen for Rays on Monday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rays pitcher Drew Smyly continued to make progress coming back from shoulder tendinitis. Manager Kevin Cash said that Smyly threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Monday and felt good afterward, per TBO.com.

Rays lining up rotation with Archer, Odorizzi and Karns to pitch Saturday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash announced that starters Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Nathan Karns all will pitch in the team's game Saturday, a sign that they are lining up their starting rotation for Opening Day, per MLB.com.

The team's Nos. 1 and 3 starters - Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly - will start the season on the disabled list, leaving Archer as the potential Opening Day starter. 

"Everything goes into lining up the rotation now," Cash said. "We're all trying to accommodate them as much as possible, because a lot of moving parts and stuff like that. I don't think anything is set in stone."


Rays SP Drew Smyly feels great after 20-pitch bullpen session


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly (shoulder) felt great after throwing a 20-pitch bullpen session Sunday, per The Tampa Tribune. Smyly said he will throw another bullpen Monday.

"Right direction for sure," Smyly said.


Rays' Drew Smyly will throw 3-4 times before being further evaluated


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that pitcher Drew Smyly continues to progress in his recovery from a left shoulder tendinitis. He's scheduled to throw three-to-four times before he is further evaluated by the team to determine the next step in his recovery, per the Tampa Bay Times.

"Getting increasingly better by the day," Cash said, per MLB.com. "We're envisioning soon getting off the mound. And then I would anticipate three or four sessions off the mound and then see where that leads us. All good news."


Rays' Drew Smyly plays catch from 100 feet


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Rays pitcher Drew Smyly, who is working his back from left shoulder tendinitis, threw from a distance of 100 feet on Wednesday. Manager Kevin Cash told reporters it went well, according to the Tampa Tribune. He is scheduled to throw off a mound on Saturday, per the Tampa Bay Times

The Rays have a contingency plan in place for the southpaw in case he misses the start of the regular season.


Rays' Drew Smyly scheduled to play catch again on Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Rays pitcher Drew Smyly (shoulder) played catch on Monday at 90 feet. He's expected to play catch again on Wednesday, according to the Tampa Tribune. Smyly is working his back from left shoulder tendinitis, remains likely to miss the start of the season.

Rays' Cash: Drew Smyly (shoulder) likely to miss start of season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash acknowledged Sunday that pitcher Drew Smyly (shoulder) is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season even if his rehab goes well, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Smyly is dealing with left shoulder tendinitis, and it was reported Monday that the team was planning a contingency in case he missed the beginning of the regular season. He played catch on Sunday, throwing 30 times from a distance of 60-to-70 feet, as he continued the progression of his rehab.


Rays' Drew Smyly to play catch on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has made progress in his return from shoulder tendinitis, according to a report by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Manager Kevin Cash said that Smyly is feling better and is scheduled to play catch on Sunday. 

Rays' Cash has no update on when Drew Smyly will resume throwing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday he has no new update on starting pitcher Drew Smyly (shoulder), per The Tampa Tribune. He did mention Smyly is progressing, but Cash has no date on when Smyly will resume throwing.

Drew Smyly does sock throw for Rays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Drew Smyly continued to make progress in his recovery from left shoulder tendinitis. Rays manager Kevin Cash told the media that Smyly was able to do a sock throw, which uses a weighted sock held in the hand instead of a ball to go through a pitching motion. 

"He was very optimistic with the day," Cash said


Rays' Kevin Cash: P Drew Smyly has 'ramped up his exercises'


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Though Rays pitcher Drew Smyly hasn't begun throwing yet, manager Kevin Cash said he has "ramped up his exercises," according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

Smyly has left shoulder tendinitis, though the club isn't too concerned with it at this time. However, there is a contingency in place just in case he does have issues and is out for longer than expected. With Smyly's work load increasing, Cash said it was a "good sign" that he'll be able to get into baseball activities soon. 

It's still possible that Smyly misses the start of the 2015 season. 


Rays formulate contingency plan in case Smyly not ready by opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) While the Rays are not overly concerned about Drew Smyly's left shoulder tendinitis, the team is formulating a contingency plan in the event he is not ready by the start of the season, per The Tampa Tribune.

Nathan Karns, Matt Andriese, Burch Smith and Alex Colome -- who are all competing for the final spot in the team's rotation -- could be stopgap options in case Smyly begins the year on the disabled list. 

Manager Kevin Cash added Everett Teaford  and Enny Romero, who appear to be two pitchers headed for Triple-A, could also be options, if they pitch well this spring.


Rays' Drew Smyly (shoulder) could miss start of season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that pitcher Drew Smyly has been slowed by shoulder tendinitis, not his offseason finger injury, the Tampa Tribune reports.

Cash added that "it's fair to say there is concern" when asked if Smyly would be ready for the start of the regular season. It was reported Saturday that Smyly was tentatively expected to throw a simulated game Monday and make his spring debut Saturday. If that timetable changes, the team may have to plan to be without the pitcher in the initial rotation.

Smyly said Sunday that the issue is nothing serious and that he'll resume throwing after a few days of rest.


Rays' Drew Smyly expected to make spring debut next Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Rays pitcher Drew Smyly is behind schedule this spring while recovering from a finger injury that kept him out of workouts for much of the winter, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

The team is staying cautious with Smyly, and he doesn't know when exactly he will pitch. For now, Smyly is tentatively scheduled to throw a simulated game Monday and make his spring debut Saturday against the Orioles. It would allow him up to five spring training starts.


Rays manager Kevin Cash tabs Alex Cobb as opening day starter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash announced Wednesday starting pitcher Alex Cobb will start the season opener on April 6 against Baltimore.

"There's a lot of things on your short list of career highlights that you can say you've done," Cobb said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "Obvioiusly, with being in the World Series and winning the World Series being at the top. Being an opening day starter falls somewhat shorter than that, but it's right up on that list."

Cash also announced Cobb will be followed in the rotation by Chris Archer, Drew Smyly and Jake Odorizzi. The team will choose a fifth starter this spring.

"He was extremely excited," Cash said of Cobb. "I kind of expected him to say, 'Yeah, OK, whatever,' but he was pumped. And you look back and you're like, 'Man, he's had some good pitchers here that maybe he's had to wait in turn for (James) Shields and (David) Price and those guys. I think he looks at it as being an honor, because there have been some good ones here in the past that have done it."


Rays' Smyly on different throwing program than other pitchers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly is on a different throwing program than the rest of the Tampa Bay pitchers, which is why he won't appear in a spring game until mid-March, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that Smyly will throw bullpen sessions every third day, instead of every other as the other pitchers, and will throw more each time. He will also make one less exhibition appearance and is not expected to debut until March 10 or March 11.


Rays reach settlements with six remain arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Rays have reached settlements with the six remaining players on one-year deals, reports the Tampa Bay Times on Friday.

Alex Cobb is due to make $4 million, while Jake McGee will make $3.55 million. John Jaso will make $3.175 million, Rene Rivera is set for $1.2M, and Logan Forsythe will earn $1.1 million next season. Drew Smyly settled for $2.65 million, plus the chance at an additional $25,000 if he makes 28 starts and $25,000 more if he gets to 30, per the report.


Rays tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Rays have tendered contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players, per the team's official website on Tuesday. Those players include: right-hander Alex Cobb, infielder Logan Forsythe, outfielder Desmond Jennings, outfielder Matt Joyce, left-hander Jake McGee and left-hander Drew Smyly.